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There was the following tidbit in an abc news article touting the GOP's fundraising success with Palin on the ticket:

As a result, the official said, Palin will be asked to spend at least 80 per cent of her time raising money between now and the election.

Now, consider that most of the country has never heard of Palin before last Friday.  Consider also that McCain/Palin has accepted public financing, which is supposed to eliminate the need for fundraising between now and election day.

So why would she spend 80% of her time essentially preaching to the converted?

Are there swing voters at these fundraisers?  Undecided voters?  

It doesn't seem so.  It seems the strategy is to essentially hide her after the convention.

There were a lot of people on the Sunday talk shows talking about how great a pick the Palin pick was.  There was McCain, Mrs. McCain, Pawlenty, Romney. All the talking heads were saying what a great pick she was.

Then why, in her moment of triumph, isn't she out there meeting the press?

Why will she spend a very minimal amount of time over the next two months meeting the people?

This is beginning to sound a lot like the handling of Quayle.  They realize this is a losing pick, they are afraid of sending her out in public too much, and they want to take no risks exposing her lack of knowledge of national affairs to the public.

So she will give a speech this week at the convention, then prepare for one debate -- the Repubs will be praying that she gets through it -- and then we will rarely see her again.  (Okay, she may be on FoxNews, but nowhere where she may be asked a real question - not even "the View").

This is not how one acts with a winning VP pick.

Originally posted to smithnewyork on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 02:31 PM PDT.

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